Before you get any ideas, let me explain my title to you. I had an absolutely fabulous day yesterday….and it just involved a lot of things with the letter f…friends, food (fajitas and fro yo) and fun…so I decided to have some fun with it for my title (but I do NOT mean for f’n to replace an expletive…FYI.
So I was on the road early yesterday. Once of 2 school boards I work for had paid professional development for supply teachers…and it just happened to be in London at my alma mater (haha, LOVE saying that). You’ve already read about my love for London..and why not get paid to learn all day? The one downside was that I had to leave the house at 7 AM. I was up at 5:30 for a run, and, since I was going to the “big city” (aka somewhere there is a Starbucks), I decided to do one of my favourite breakfasts on the road: fruit (a bag of grapes in this case) a deep chocolate Vitatop and a skinny latte (yesterday’s flavour was hazelnut). I ate the grapes as soon as I was in the car, but saved the muffin until I had my latte (which was over an hour’s drive…my tummy was rumbling)!
My morning workshop was really good…a speaker named Rob Nickel, who is a former police officer (he started his career in my little town, oddly enough) and is now a cyber security expert. After that, we had about an hour and a half for lunch…I opted to bring my own since I knew I was going to be going out for supper…so I could save cost and calories.
I needed to get outside after being in a dark, windowless auditorium all morning (memories of teacher’s college…sigh) so I sat on the sidewalk and read a magazine for a few minutes. As much as I wanted to dine al fresco, it wasn’t that warm, and the sidewalk was HARD! I couldn’t resist snapping this cute lunch photo though (don’t you love my rainboots? I am kind of obsessed). You can’t see it too well, but lunch is a salad with lots of veggies, capers and goat cheese (obviously the highlight) and homemade dressing (I added a bit of ranch dip mix…really getting into this stuff lately) and a fibre one 100 calorie bar. I’ll admit, this lunch didn’t totally satisfy me…I was sort of hungry for most of the afternoon (and my session wasn’t as interesting, so my mind was kind of wandering). Thankfully, I was going out for an early dinner.
I met my friend Anna, who is just finishing up teacher’s college, at one of my absolute FAVOURITE restaurants in London: Under the Volcano, a fabulous Mexican restaurant. Of course, there were the free chips and salsa to start…I tried to just nibble and not take too many.
My entree was delicious…I ordered the chicken fajita salad, with a few modifications. First, I asked for no cheese. As much as I love cheese, I knew it wouldn’t be low-fat, that there would probably be too much of it, and that I would have a hard time not eating it all if it was on my plate…so I just avoided it all together. Second, instead of dressing on the side, I asked for salsa instead. I knew that the chicken would likely have seasoning/oil, so I figured the salsa would be fine. I cut up the chicken, onions and peppers, and mixed everything together. I did not even miss the dressing…seriously…with the salsa and the flavouring from the chicken, dressing would have been totally unnecessary! Since this was a fairly light option, I ate the whole plate, guilt-free.
Another great thing about Under the Volcano is that they have a lot of vegetarian, Vegan and gluten-free options. Anna’s vegetarian, so she got the smaller version of “The Big One” burrito (so does that make it medium?) with a veggie filling. It was great to catch up with Anna and swap teaching stories, and to go back to one of my favourite restaurants.
We ate an early dinner, as Anna had another event to go to, so we were done a little after 6, but I couldn’t go home just yet. Oh no, I had to go for Fro yo at Yo-yo’s. Mmm…so good…my bowl this time had just one piece of brownie at the bottom, blackberries, mango (since reading all about Katie’s adventures with her case of mangoes, I’ve had a serious craving), strawberries, and for the crunch factor, small dashes of Oreo crumbs, Skor bits and granola…and the addition of 6 m&m’s and a piece of a Sweet Marie chocolate bar. Three words: YUM, YUM, YUM! And see the magazine in the background? I had brought some mags in my bag for if I had free time, and since I was going solo on the fro yo, I read my Food Network Magazine (another F, see?) while I ate.
After the fro yo, my F’n Friday was complete and I headed home. I think the 2 meals of salads didn’t really do it for my hunger, so I snacked on a few frozen grapes when I got home and then made a nice big bowl of popcorn. What a fit and fine Friday…I got to visit one of my favourite cities, dine at one of my favourite restaurants with one of my favourite people and finish it off with some fantastic fro yo. Did you have a fabulous Friday?